Week 2 NFL Power Rankings
The QB graveyard grew a bit larger this past week after some injuries to the luxury position caused some back-ups to dust off their helmets. Exclusively, Jimmy Garopollo and Josh McCown headline the tombstones this week. However, the Patriots find themselves in a much better position going forward with a first ballot hall of fame signal caller returning week five to play the Browns.
The NFL is scheduled to have a double dose of rookie QB debuts following some key injuries. Cody Kessler will get a chance to build some chemistry in practice leading into Week 3 and Jacoby Brissett will lead the Brady-less Bunch in New England for a few weeks.
1. DENVER BRONCOS 2-0 ⇔
Last Week: 1st
Defense wins championships. No one will preach this more often than your everyday Broncos fan. This past week the Colts’ comeback chances were whisked away after a strip sack via Von Miller left the ball bouncing into Shane Ray’s awaiting hands for a scoop-and-score.
2. PITTSBURGH STEELERS 2-0 ⇑
Last Week: 6th
Leading all the running back candidates for most amount of touches in Week 2 is none other than DeAngelo Williams – 32 carries & 4 catches. The savvy veteran helped projectile the Steelers into the number two spot on our list and Mike Tomlin will have some tough decisions to make come Week 4 when Le’Veon Bell is scheduled to return.
3. CAROLINA PANTHERS 1-1 ⇔
Last Week: 3rd
Cam Newton did not waste much time against the 49er’s after week one’s close loss to Denver. Throwing for over 350 yards and 4 TD’s is a notable feat, and one of the reason’s this team will be staying within the Top 5 on our list through-out the year. (Tune in next-week for more non-bold predictions.)
4. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 2-0 ⇓
Last Week: 2nd
In last week’s edition of our power rankings I set the guidelines for how our teams would be ranked this year; this would fall under the injury category. The two-spot descent is only a direct correlation Gorapollo’s early exit. However, the short turnaround could work in QB Jacoby Brissett’s favor but the Texans will be coming with full steam ahead on Thursday night.
5. ARIZONA CARDINALS 1-1 ⇑
Last Week: 8th
New faces in the Top 5 this week as the air-show was in full affect this past week when Carson Palmer strapped his helmet up. Ending with a QB rating of 124.1 and throwing 4 TD’s, the Cardinals had Tampa Bay playing catch-up for the most part of this game. Even the back-up, Drew Stanton, was able to throw a couple passes in the latter stages.